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1 Daddy version Over There (Place your family photo here) By the (write in your family name) family Developed by ZERO TO THREE gratefully acknowledges the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund administered by the California Community Foundation for its support of the Coming Together Around Military Families project and the McCormick Tribune Foundation for making the original edition of this book possible. 32

2 A message to families and caregivers from ZERO TO THREE Military separations are hard on everyone. Deployment can be especially difficult for you as you balance the needs of your family with your own needs, feelings, and daily stresses. We hope that you are finding some time, every day, to take care of yourself and refuel by talking with others, getting the support you deserve, and engaging in activities that make you feel healthy, calm, and energized. You are already doing so much to support your young child during this challenging time. Just by creating and reading this book you are showing how much you care about understanding and comforting him. ZERO TO THREE has developed this book to help you find the words to reassure your child that mommy or daddy is out there, thinking about and loving him from far away. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of this book: Use it as an opportunity to talk and share memories with your child about his deployed parent. By sharing memories, you help keep the deployed parent a part of your child s world. Share the comforting messages offered in the book throughout the day, reminding your child that the deployed parent loves and thinks about him every day. Follow your child s lead. You know your child best and can tell whether he s in the mood for this story. Maybe he wants to sit down and think about the deployed parent, or maybe he just wants to run around and play. Perhaps your child may not be so interested in the words but enjoy carrying the book around, holding onto the parent in his own way. Think of this book as a tool that can be used in many different ways. It s not a must do ; rather, a can do, based on what your child is telling you about his needs at that particular moment in time. Tune in to your own feelings as you read this book. Is it reassuring for you? Do you feel anxious or sad talking about the separation? There are no right or wrong feelings. If you are upset or concerned, it can be very helpful to talk to someone, whether a friend, family member, or counselor. Deployment can be easier when you get the support you need. For more information on supporting yourself and your young child during a deployment, please go to My daddy is away. And I miss him. 3

3 He is not here right now. He is there.

4 I do the same things here... that he does there.

5 I brush my teeth here. He brushes his teeth there.

6 I play here. 10 He plays there. 11

7 I read books here. He reads books there

8 I eat lunch here. 14 He eats lunch there. 15

9 I go to bed here. He goes to bed there

10 I have family and friends who take care of me here. My daddy has friends who help take care of him there

11 I think about my daddy here. My daddy thinks about me there

12 My daddy would like to be here with me. But he has very important work he must do there

13 Sometimes I feel sad, or even mad... because my daddy s not here. It s ok to feel that way

14 I like to look up at the moon here. I feel happy that my daddy looks up at the same moon there

15 I love my daddy. My daddy loves me here, there, and everywhere

16 My daddy is away and I miss him. 30 But he s always here in my heart. 31

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